Season: October - March
"We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome."
― Isabel Allende
What's It Like?
As winter approaches we take down most of our glamping tipis... but we leave a few of them up for those of you that aren't scared to brave the freezing temperatures.
So what is it like to stay in a tipi during a Montana winter? Well, if you have never winter camped, you might want to think twice about braving the sub freezing overnight temps.
Think you have what it takes? Below you will find more details, including what amenities to expect, required gear that you must bring and what there is to do at Bodhi during the winter.
Restrooms & Bathing
Be ready to rough it
First and foremost, please know that there are no showers available as our seasonal bathrooms are winterized and shut down. There are three related amenities available:
Heated Restrooms. Located on the other side of the farm there are three heated restrooms with flushing toilets and running water. There are no showers in these restrooms.
Portable Restroom. There is one portable restroom near the glamping tipis, but it is not heated.
Sauna Bathing. Ever heard of a 'Finnish Sauna Bath'? Simply put, you sweat out all of your dirt and toxins in a sauna, then you rinse yourself off with cool water. It is primitive and effective and is included in your stay (reservations required).
Winter camping in our tipis.
Winter camping can be dangerous. In Montana's sub zero temperatures, a person could quickly die of hypothermia in a short period of time. Winter camping at Bodhi should only be reserved for those who are familiar with gearing up and staying comfortable is sub zero temperatures.
With that said, we do offer the following:
Heated blankets in the beds
A Pellet stove in each tipi with wood pellets (starting mid October)
Here is the required gear that we insist you bring:
Thermal base layers
Well insulted jackets
Sleeping bags rated with a lower limit of 0 degrees or lower
Food & Drink
From November through March, our restaurant is only open for dinner Thursday through Sunday, along with a Sunday brunch + live music.
To learn more about our winter menu, click here.
If you would like to make reservations for dinner, please call our main line and select option 3.
Playing in the snow.
During the winter months, there are still activities to be had out on the farm;
Cross country skiing on our 2km nordic trail (please bring your ski gear)
Snowshoeing around the farm (please bring your snow shoes)
Ice fishing by reservation
Learn more about our winter activities here.